30 Facts About Ross Perot

1. Ross Perot participated in the first of three presidential debates for the 1992 election, on October 11 in Clayton, Missouri, along with George Bush and Bill Clinton.

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2. Ross Perot finished his California campaign swing in Irvine before traveling to events in Colorado and Massachusetts.

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3. The New York Times reported that Ross Perot sought the help of operatives to search court and federal documents to find information that might reflect poorly on the potential candidate so that preparations could be made to respond.

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4. Ross Perot appeared on the February 20 edition of Larry King Live on CNN, his fourth appearance on the show since 1991.

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5. Ross Perot was a hawk on the Vietnam War, an advocate for US servicemen held as prisoner of war and a supporter for their families.

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6. Ross Perot largely financed his own campaign and relied on marketing and wide grassroots support.

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7. Ross Perot established Ross Perot Systems in 1988 and was an angel investor for NeXT, a software company founded by Steve Jobs.

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8. Ross Perot was inducted into the Junior Achievement in the United States Business Hall of Fame in 1988.

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9. Ross Perot won his first major award, the S Roger Horchow Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen, in 1986.

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10. Ross Perot became even more wealthy as he sold his company, Perot Systems to the computer company, Dell, in 2009.

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11. Ross Perot faced off against Clinton again in 1996, but his campaign failed to win over much public support.

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12. Ross Perot was the first independent candidate since Teddy Roosevelt in 1912 to receive this large of a share of the popular vote.

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13. Ross Perot promoted himself as a reformer, building on his success with the Texas Public Education system in the 1980s.

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14. In 1968, Ross Perot became a millionaire when he took EDS public.

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15. Ross Perot decided to branch out on his own after a few years, forming Electronic Data Systems in 1962.

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16. Ross Perot captured almost 19 percent of the popular vote.

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17. In January 2008, Ross Perot publicly came out against Republican candidate John McCain and endorsed Mitt Romney for president.

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18. Ross Perot appeared on Larry King Live four days before the election and endorsed George W Bush for president.

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19. The next day, Ross Perot announced on Larry King Live that he would not seek the presidency.

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20. Ross Perot launched private investigations of, and attacks upon, US Department of Defense official Richard Armitage.

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21. In 1990, Ross Perot reached agreement with Vietnam's Foreign Ministry to become its business agent in the event that diplomatic relations were normalized.

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22. Ross Perot believed in Jobs and did not want to miss out, as he had with his chance to invest in Bill Gates's fledgling Microsoft.

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23. In 1984, Ross Perot bought a very early copy of Magna Carta, one of only a few to leave the United Kingdom.

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24. Ross Perot was refused 77 times before he was given his first contract.

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25. Ross Perot left IBM in 1962 to found Electronic Data Systems in Dallas, Texas, and courted large corporations for his data processing services.

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26. Ross Perot is a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

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27. Ross Perot joined the Boy Scouts of America and made Eagle Scout in 1942, after 13 months in the program.

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28. Ross Perot graduated from Texas High School in Texarkana in 1947.

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29. Ross Perot chose Admiral James Stockdale as his running mate and appeared in the 1992 CPD debates with Bush and Clinton.

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30. Ross Perot established Ross Perot Systems in 1988 and was an angel investor for NeXT, a computer company founded by Steve Jobs after he left Apple.

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